Originally Posted by DrPainMD
How many faults in a movie does it take to make it suck? One or many?
In no particular order:
1. Hopelessly predictable plot, you can identify the good guys, bad guys, and ending within the first 10 minutes. (90% of action flicks)
2. Improbable and cheesy happy endings crafted to please brain-dead focus groups (see last 5 minutes of "Far and Away")
3. Obvious attempts to manipulate the audience in extremely predictable and uncreative ways, often appealing to trendy cultural neuroses like xenophobia and nationalism, "family values," anti-Muslim hysteria, fear of feminism, etc. (first 10 minutes we see the central character in full-blown ADORING FAMILY MAN mode, which sets us up for the rest of the movie we watch him avenging his family's brutal murder or protecting their livelihood, etc.)
4. Poor film editing---movie feels overly slow, long, and tedious with lots of pointless scenes that should've been cut. (director's cut of "Blade Runner" compared to the original cinematic version)
5. Lousy cast and acting. ("Showgirls")
6. Lousy script and dialogue. ("Showgirls" and most overhyped/overpriced Hollywood blockbusters)
7. Pretentious, pompous, and/or moralistic style usually taking itself WAYYYY too seriously. ("Crash," parts of "Saving Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers")
8. Improbable characters (Julia Roberts playing a cheap streetwalker in "Pretty Woman" or Jennifer Lopez from "Maid In Manhattan" --- both movies are also guilty of #1)
9. Cliches---cardboard characters, telegraphed-from-a-mile-away plot developments, etc. (the later "Rocky" movies)
I'd say that any movie having more than 2-3 of those characteristics would be justly accused of sucking.